Renault were left bemoaning their qualifying performance after their poor grid positions meant they were unable to gain any points at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Ferrari-bound Fernando Alonso was one of a number of drivers penalised for going flat out under waved yellow flags. He managed to battle his way up from 16th on the grid to finish just inside the top ten but admitted his race weekend was ruined after qualifying.
“My race was really decided after qualifying because although the car was competitive and I pushed hard, it was not enough to score any points,” he said. “We now have to concentrate on the two remaining races and make sure that we qualify well because if we do that I am sure we can score some strong points and have a good end to the season.”
Team Principal Bob Bell agreed with Alonso that the team were hamstrung by their poor positions on the grid.
“It would be easy to say that it was a disappointing race, but in fact it was a
disappointing qualifying session, which really determined what happened to us in the
race. Fernando did a great job to gain six places, but I think the race would have been a different story had he not had his qualifying penalty and started in the top ten.”
Alonso's team mate Romain Grosjean put in another unconvincing performance and could only manage to finish in 16th.
“Overall it was a tough afternoon for me,” the young Frenchman said. “The car was very heavy on fuel and was difficult to drive as I had a lot of understeer. The Suzuka circuit was also a new experience for me this weekend, but I did my best to complete the race without any problems. I'm now looking forward to the next race in Brazil.”